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Hilda and the Midnight Giant (Nobrow Edition) (Hildafolk) Hardcover – April 17, 2012
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"Plain smart and moving. John Stanley's Little Lulu meets Miyazaki."
Guillermo Del Toro
Pearson’s utter lack of pretension keeps Hilda feeling fresh, while his reading of folktales and Tove Jansson’s Moomin series embeds Hilda in the long history of children’s stories. [ ] Hilda’s dilemmas, while fantastic, also feel real [ ] Pearson has found a lovely new way to dramatize childhood demons, while also making you long for your own cruise down the fjords.
The New Yorker
"[Hilda's world] is. . . a glorious, exciting if also rather menacing placeone children will be eager to enter. It's also visually arresting: exuberant and lively and faintly Miyazakian."
New York Times
"Hilda is the little girl. And this is her folk tale. And pretty much everything you need to know about how good this is is there on that absolutely gorgeously delightful cover. By the end of it, you’ll have exactly the same smile as Hilda has."
For adults ... Pearson’s measured storytelling ... and detailed, imaginative artwork make Hilda and the Bird Parade an absolute treat to dive into. It’s hard to imagine a better all-ages comic will be published this year.”
"very enjoyable, it's imaginative and fun for kids and adults too!"
Renata Liewska, author of bestselling The Quiet Book
"If you know a young comics reader, or a a child that you’d like to turn into a comics reader especially if they love fairy-tale-like stories this would be a great place to start them. Hilda isn’t a superhero, but she sure saves the day."
Erica Friedman for Okazu
"Pearson’s whimsical artworka cross between Lucky Luke and Miyazakicreates a magical spell of a mysterious world of hidden creatures, and the production of the book make it a treasure in itself. The storycomparable to the Adventures of Polo series by Regis Faller and Copper by Kazu Kibuishinever flags in imagination or wonder"
"If you haven't heard of Luke Pearson, buddy, you have been hiding under a particularly uninteresting rock this past year."
The Comics Bureau
"Pearson's latest comic, the spell-binding contemporary fairytale Hildafolk, feels just as at home in publisher Nobrow Press' visually intelligent catalogue as it does between good old fashioned yarns like Bone and The Adventures of Tintin in my bookcase."
Martin Steenton, Avoid the Future
"If what you’re looking for is great storytelling, humour, adventure and imagination then what are you waiting for? Come on in, the water’s fine."
The Illustrated Forest
"Midnight Giant is sad, but packs probably the most weighty punch of the series as far as real-life lessons for kids. [ ] It’s less a moral about transitioning from childhood to adulthood than it is about a transition from the naiveté of early childhood (Santa Claus, anyone?) into the more realistic stages of later childhood. It’s also about what matters most possessions or people?"Comics Alliance
Top Customer Reviews
If you are looking for more excellent all-ages comics, but in a very different vein, might I recommend The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook by Eleanor Davis.
Luke Pearson goes all Miyazaki in this kids story with lots of fantastical creatures and quests with a little girl as hero. It's a charming and pleasant read, aimed at people much younger than myself (I'd say around 7/8 years old), and much less morose than his last book "Everything We Miss" which was definitely not a kids book. That said, the book plays along similar lines about the details in our lives that we don't see for whatever reason, and there is an interesting idea in this book about world perspective with the tiny elves, the large Hilda, and the even larger Giant who makes Hilda look tiny as the examples.
Well written and drawn in a style that reminded me of Chris Ware/Ivan Brunetti, though not nearly as complex as either, "Hilda and the Midnight Giant" is a great kids comic from a talented young artist whose work shows all the signs of bigger and better projects in the future.
Hilda and her mother live in an isolated house, high up the in the hills...but it's not as isolated as they seem. Tiny notes have begun appearing, telling them to vacate the premises immediately...and it turns out that their house was built smack dab in the middle of an town of invisible elves!
After filling out the requisite paperwork with the help of a sympathetic elf, Hilda's eyes are opened to the dense settlement around her...but will she be able to convince the elves in power to let her and her mother stay in their home without further trouble?
Complicating things is the mysterious giant who begins to appear outside, keeping a rendezvous agreed on four thousand years ago. Hilda's pluck and determination, and an unintended consequence of the gigantic visitation, bring things to a satisfactory conclusion.
Hilda's is a fantastical world--though the elves might be invisible, other strange beings are not. There's no violent action or stirring adventure--just a journey into the magical shared with the reader, involving a bit of a struggle with elvish bureaucracy, as well as the more tense encounters of with the giant, and the mystery of his purpose. The muted tones of the illustrations (most of the action happens at night) give a dream-like quality to Hilda's encounters with the magic around her.
There's nothing here not suitable for the younger reader, although thematically the upper elementary kid, even on into middle school, might appreciate it more. It captured the interest of my own older reader (who would have given it five stars), and my own (even though I think that Hilda is not drawn as engagingly, as, say, Zita the Space Girl; but then,who is?).
This book is a bit more bittersweet and dark compared to Hildafolk and Hilda & the Bird Parade, which makes sense given that it is currently the second in a trilogy. It's essentially the Empire Strikes Back of the series -- thoughtful and moving but less optimistic than the other two.
I would highly recommend this book to readers of the other two in the series. It's a beautiful story but I think Hildafolk or Hilda & The Bird Parade are a better introduction to the characters. If this is the second or third Hilda book you've read, I think it's easier to appreciate the darker, more pensive themes in this one.
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This is one of the best contemporary all-ages comics I've found. Equally as pleasurable for adults as for kids. Full of cleverness and humor and originality. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Liam F. Walsh
Wonderful second book in this original fairy tale series. Hilda finds out her forest is inhabited by both little folk and giants putting herself in the perspective of both as well. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nicola Mansfield
This is the second of Luke Pearson's Hilda adventures. Unlike the first book, ("Hildafolk"), which was a bit of an adventure ramble, this book has a number of plotlines... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Pop Bop
Fun, interesting story with beautiful art. Great for young readers.Published 9 months ago by Sliver111
My 8-year-old daughter and I read this together and it lit both of our imaginations on fire. My daughter loves Twig, Hilda's pet (Twig is featured more prominently in Hilda and the... Read morePublished 17 months ago by inkycloak
I am responding to the another reviewer. A bland voice, yes of course! This is how kids speak. Don't you have kids? But a strong girl, how great! My son and I loved. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Meeghan Sinclair
This is a beautifully drawn, designed and printed short graphic novel for all ages. It reminds me of the magical works of Japanese genius Hayao Miyazaki and "Moomin" creator Tove... Read morePublished on September 29, 2013 by Michael 'De Smurführer' Thomsen